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VIA Rail Canada announces its sustainability plan and participation in the United Nations Global Compact

April 19, 2022
By Canadian Manufacturing

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MONTRÉAL — VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announces that it is committing to a sustainability journey with the release of its sustainability plan and its participation in the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact.

VIA Rail reviewed in 2020 its policies, practices, and sustainability priorities to inform the development of this five-year sustainability plan that hopes to see VIA Rail reduce its environmental footprint, enhance its role as a responsible transportation provider and create lasting value for present and future generations.

“Sustainability is fundamentally related to our value of acting today for a better tomorrow,” said Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is a priority and the foundation of the future we are all building together. This plan focuses amongst others on climate action, responsible sourcing and waste management and it will be yet another way for VIA Rail to be part of the solution in helping Canada create a more sustainable future for all.”

This sustainability plan reportedly contributes to Canada’s various strategies and objectives and will try and embed environmental, social and governance performance in all VIA Rail’s operations.

VIA Rail is aiming to reach various objectives by 2025, including:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% or more by 2030 (compared to 2005);
  • Offering zero-waste trains in the Québec City-Windsor corridor;
  • Training all employees on sustainability;
  • Aligning 80% of community investments with the priorities of this sustainability plan;
  • Reaching 80% integration of the responsible sourcing policy by suppliers.

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